We Were Only Freshmen

My search for the true meaning behind a ’90s hit song

Carly J Hallman
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readNov 18, 2018

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Illustration: Vagengeym_Elena/Getty Images

InIn 1997, The Verve Pipe’s “The Freshmen” hit the charts, gripping JNCO-wearing, Y2K-bug-fearing listeners from its weary opening statement: “When I was young I knew everything.”

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Carly J Hallman
Human Parts

Just another 30-something writing about the internet, nostalgia, culture, entertainment, and life. Author, screenwriter, copywriter. www.carlyjhallman.com